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Stevens pulls away from Mitchell boys in second half

(Matt Gade / Republic)

RAPID CITY -- A complete game evaded the Mitchell boys basketball team once more Saturday.

The Kernels trimmed the Rapid City Stevens lead to four points midway through the third quarter but went cold from then on, finishing the last 10-plus minutes without a made field goal as the Raiders pulled away for a 68-43 win.

“We played pretty well for about three quarters, but we went really cold,” MHS head coach Todd Neuendorf said. “I was upset from (Friday’s loss to Rapid City Central) when we all went went on our agenda a little bit. But Saturday, the kids did what we wanted to do and we got the looks we wanted. We just have to knock those down.”

That cold shooting late, along with Stevens knocking down 10 3-pointers kept the Kernels at bay and dropped MHS to 0-3 on the young season.

Stevens (3-1) was led by Josh Schumacher, who had 15 points from off the bench, while Connor King added 12 points and Dawson Paulsen had 11 points.

Mitchell picked up a huge game from Kiel Nelson. The 6-foot-3 forward scored 20 points on 7-for-13 shooting and converted 6-of-6 free throws. He also had a team-best five rebounds. Carter Cavanaugh and Derek Factor each had five points for the Kernels, who shot 27 percent for the game and made 3 of 19 3-pointers.

“(Kiel) had a great game,” Neuendorf said. “They started to take him away some which opened up the outside (shots), but we couldn’t knock those down. He’s a strong kid. We are going to need that from him.”

Stevens held a 40-25 edge in rebounding and Mitchell forced 20 Stevens turnovers. After 26 turnovers Friday in a loss to Rapid City Central, Mitchell committed 14 turnovers Saturday.

Mitchell (0-3) will play at Brookings on Tuesday, before finally opening the home schedule Thursday against Watertown. Stevens (3-1), in the midst of a six-game homestand to open the season, hosts Spearfish on Thursday.

“Another hostile-type environment in Brookings,” Neuendorf said. “We’re going to have be ready to go and play. We’re not far off, we’re right there and playing with very good teams.”

Subvarsity:

JV: Stevens won 72-40.

Sophomores: Stevens won 57-50 in overtime.

Freshman A: Stevens won 37-34.

Freshman B: Mitchell won 49-42.

Rapid City Stevens 68, Mitchell 43

Mitchell (0-3): Kiel Nelson 7-13 6-6 20 Vincent Michael 1-5 2-2 4 Jordon Johnson 1-3 1-2 4 Carter Cavanaugh 2-11 0-1 5 Baley Miller 1-2 0-0 3 Kaden Soukup 0-5 0-0 0 Derek Factor 2-8 1-1 5 Tate Larson 0-0 0-0 0 Koby Larson 0-1 0-0 0 Carter Jacobsen 0-4 2-2 2 Isaiah Jacobsen 0-0 0-0 0 Totals 14-52 12-14 43

Rapid City Stevens (3-1) Will Moore 2-3 3-5 7 Dawson Paulsen 4-9 0-0 11 Gib Elder 1-2 1-1 3 Connor King 4-7 1-1 12 Cooper Bowman 2-7 4-4 8 Tyson Elliot 1-1 0-0 3 Taron Olson 0-0 0-2 0 Daniel Vigoren 0-1 0-0 0 Joe Bennett 0-1 0-0 0 Trey Eberlein 2-4 2-3 7 Josh Schumacher 5-6 2-3 15 Alex Weaver 0-3 2-2 2 Anthony Pruitt 0-0 0-0 0 Totals 21-44 16-21 68

M 10 24 37 43

RCS 13 31 49 68

3-pointers: M 3-19 (Johnson, Cavanaugh, Miller), RCS 10-17 (Schmacher 3, Paulsen 3, King 3, Elliot); Rebounds: M 25, 13 offensive (Nelson 5), RCS 40, 14 offensive (Moore 7). Total fouls: M 18, RCS 14. Fouled out: none. Assists: M 4 (Miller 2), RCS 12 (Bowman 4); Turnovers: M 12, RCS 20; Blocks: M 0, RCS 3 (Moore, Bowman, Eberlein); Steals: M 4 (Nelson, Johnson, Cavanaugh, Factor), RCS 8 (Bowman 4).

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